Definition of divergent in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈvəːdʒ(ə)nt/
Pronunciation: /dɪˈvəːdʒ(ə)nt/


1Tending to be different or develop in different directions: divergent interpretations varieties of English can remain astonishingly divergent from one another
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  • The procedures of the Japanese trial were grossly divergent from American legal standards of due process.
  • The virtues sought in a deputy are sometimes quite divergent from those sought in a leader.
  • They are also divergent from SCRs of the group 1 proteins.
differing, varying, different, dissimilar, unlike, unalike, disparate, contrasting, contrastive, antithetical;
opposed, disagreeing, conflicting, clashing, incompatible, contradictory;
at odds, at variance, in opposition
1.1 Psychology (Of thought) using a variety of premises, especially unfamiliar premises, as bases for inference, and avoiding common limiting assumptions in making deductions: divergent thinking
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  • I am no commie, but I do recognize the role played by a divergent thought.
  • Stories like Neon Genesis Evangelion push the creative envelope, and I appreciate them for their weirdness and divergent thought.
  • Hopefully it will be a place to find new voices, divergent thoughts, and something worth thinking about or laughing at once in a while.
2 Mathematics (Of a series) increasing indefinitely as more of its terms are added.
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  • Continuing his mathematical work Ramanujan studied continued fractions and divergent series in 1908.
  • In 1873 he gave a continuous function with divergent Fourier series at any point solving a major problem.
  • He found a divergent series, the first few terms of which gave a good approximation to the integral.



Example sentences
  • There exists wide divergency as to what form of future human life we have to encourage.
  • A London journalist has summed up the divergencies of the eight teams concerned in the current cup ties in this way.
  • There will always be divergencies of opinion but there is over half a century of close co-operation on which to build.


Example sentences
  • I write because I seek to get people to stop thinking in ‘solid categories’, to think divergently and to question even the questions.
  • Where their weaknesses will show up is in the world of work when they prove unable to think divergently.
  • Seeking to be original and to think divergently are diamond assets that are not very common.

Words that rhyme with divergent

convergent, detergent, emergent, insurgent, resurgent, urgent

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